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A Faculty of Information Newsletter

24 October 2018

The Latest

Infinity Mirrors and Questions

When the hugely popular Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition left Toronto last spring, it moved on to Cleveland. Anticipating a blockbuster, the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives at the Cleveland Museum of Art sought a venue for people to learn more about the artist.

Heather Saunders, a Faculty of Information Alumna (Class of '99) and the recently appointed Ingalls Library Director, oversaw the creation of the Kusama Lounge. At the exhibition's previous stops, including Toronto, timelines of the Japanese artist's life were displayed on the Walls. But in Cleveland, docents, librarians and archivists staffed a drop-in lounge and prepared to answer questions about Kusama, who is now 89 years old.
Heather Saunders, Director of Ingalls Library. Photo: Howard Agriest

Writing about the lounge, Saunders explained how the "initiative relates to a library trend called 'roving reference' or 'roaming reference' that has swelled with the advance of mobile technology. It moves staff beyond the reference desk and into the rest of the library or beyond the library’s walls.

"The goal is to dismantle barriers to accessing knowledge by being proactive and anticipating needs," Saunders wrote. "This alternate approach supplements the traditional reference desk, but does not replace it."

Read more about the Kusama Lounge and Saunders' career.

Events this week and next

Frankenstein Symposium

An “academic campfire” titled Reading Frankenstein: Then, Now, Next. This three-part symposium will gather literary scholars, historians, ethicists, computer scientists, science fiction writers and futurologist to discuss the ethical dimension of their technological practices. This symposium is part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of Mary Shelley's novel. RSVP
When: Friday, Oct. 26, 9:00 am - 6:00 p.m.
Where: 81 St Mary Street, Charbonnel Lounge

AI and Wisdom

Professor John Vervaeke makes an argument that we have an ethical obligation to make our creations not only smarter than humans, but wiser too. Our machines are getting smarter and more efficient, but are at risk of being misled by the same biases and lack of self awareness that afflict their creators, he says.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4:00 p.m.
Where: Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place, room 200


Halloween iTea: Costumes, Prizes and Networking

Hosted by the Faculty of Information Alumni Association, this event offers a chance to talk to alumni about life after grad school. Costumes are encouraged. Tea and treats provided.
When: Oct. 31, 2018 4:30 pm to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Inforum, 4th floor.

Coming events: Mark your calendars

November 2018 Convocation Reception

Celebrate the achievements of Faculty of Information Students graduating this November. Students who finished their studies in Summer 2018 can RSVP here. More Information. 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Inforum, 4th Floor


Book Launch: Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online

An essential contribution to Internet activism and a must read for Indigenous educators, A Digital Bundle by Jennifer Weigwans frames digital technology as an important tool for self-determination and idea sharing, ultimately contributing to Indigenous resurgence and nation building. 
When: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: OISE, Nexus Lounge, 12th floor
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The Greatest 

Digital Animalities

Donna Szoke, Invisible HistoriesGeo-loactive smart phone/tablet app, 2015

Co-curated by Matthew Brower, assistant professor of Museum Studies, Digital Animalities is a two-venue exhibition of artworks exploring human animal interactions in an age of risk.

Digital technologies have been reshaping human understandings of animals and transforming the possibilities for human-animal relations. Artists have been at the forefront of exploring these challenges, using the languages and forms of artistic practice to stage, explore, and intervene in these emerging situations.

The works of Digital Animalities present a range of approaches to these themes. They offer models for understanding new possibilities provided by new technologies, critiques of implicit tendencies in the workings and organizations of these technologies, and classifications and frameworks for orienting ourselves to these new possibilities.

Digital Animalities: Mapping. John B. Aird Gallery, Oct. 30 – Nov. 23
Digital Animalities: Rendering. Contact Gallery,  Nov. 1 – Dec. 15

See more art and get the exhibition details

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